Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles @ SCQF Level 5 (IMI)


This full-time diploma course has been developed to provide a progression from the IMI Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance.

The programme also offers a standardised approach to learning and assessment of the underpinning knowledge required for the SVQ Level 2 Modern Apprenticeship and satisfies all the requirements of the Motor Industry Training Councils (MITC) and national standards.

The diploma course offers full-time learners an enhanced knowledge and understanding of light vehicle maintenance and repair, building on the prior learning from the previous year of the IMIAL Certificate course.




Full Time Attendance up to 3 days per week

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance Award, an equivalent qualification or appropriate industry experience.

You must attend an information and interview sessionprior to the course commencing to secure a place on the course.

During this session applicants may need to provide evidence that they meet the entry criteria for the course or complete an online core skill profile assessment.

If you are currently studying at the college, you will also require a positive progressing learner reference.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

The course is structured around a selection of both knowledge and skill based practical motor vehicle engineering units together with a core skills programme involving communications, numeracy and information technology.

The learning programme involves the study of light vehicle construction and routine maintenance, operating principles of light vehicle engines, tyres, brakes, steering and suspension systems, transmission systems, electrical and electronic systems within structured practical workshop activities and classroom theory.


Practical assessments in the workshop environment, completion of portfolio work and on-line multiple choice assessments.


Progression to Higher level full time programmes of study or a recognised Modern Apprenticeship in the motor vehicle industry.

Career Prospects

Employment as a Modern Apprentice in the motor vehicle industry.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary/EMA funding for this course. Please contact a member of the student funding team for details.

Selling Points

This very popular course works well as an introduction to the motor industry, as a continuation of the Transport Maintenance Motor Vehicle program or as a route to a Modern Apprenticeship.